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after-hours

[ af-ter-ouuhrz, -ou-erz, ahf- ]
/ ˈæf tərˈaʊərz, -ˈaʊ ərz, ˈɑf- /
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adjective
occurring, engaged in, or operating after the normal or legal closing time for business: an after-hours drinking club.
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Origin of after-hours

First recorded in 1925–30
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Other Idioms and Phrases with after-hours

after hours

After normal working hours, after closing time; also, after legal or established opening hours. For example, I haven't time while the shop is open, but I can see you after hours, or The restaurant employees sometimes stayed for a meal after hours. This term originally referred to laws governing business hours. It also gave rise to the term after-hours club, for a drinking club that remained open later than similar establishments. [Mid-1800s]

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